Calendar

Oct
12
Thu
President’s Lecture and 2017 Goodliff Awards Presentation @ Assembly Rooms, Huntingdon Town Hall
Oct 12 @ 7:15 pm – 10:15 pm

Our President Dr Simon Thurley (former Chief Executive of English Heritage) will present the Goodliff Awards this year to the successful applicants in the prestigious surroundings of the Assembly Room in the Huntingdon Town Hall.

After the presentations Dr Thurley will entertain us with a talk, ‘Houses of Power‘ on what places shaped the English Tudor world.

What was it like to live as a royal Tudor, why were the residences built as they were and what went on inside the walls and who slept where and with whom? Our President come to talk about his new book about Tudor royal architecture and reflects on the Tudor monarchy’s perambulations in Huntingdonshire.

There will be an opportunity to purchases his new book ‘Houses of Power The Places that Shaped the Tudor World‘, with book signing.

Nov
9
Thu
Society Lecture – John Berridge of Everton and the Evangelical Revival (Nigel Pibworth) @ Huntingdon Methodist Church
Nov 9 @ 7:15 pm

John Berridge of Everton and the Evangelical Revival.

We all know of the Wesleys and of the lay persons like Hannah More and Wilberforce. Others will know of Lady Huntingdon, Henry Venn and Charles Simeon, but John Berridge is comparatively neglected in publications of the evangelical awakening spreading through the countryside in eighteenth century England. Even in Huntingdonshire where he was vicar of Everton-cum-Tetworth, his exploits and impact have been all but lost.

Our speaker is his biographer and has recently edited a volume of the man’s letters, and will seak to enlighten us on how his unusual approach to open-air preaching and directness of speech earned him his reputation of being quite eccentric. 

Jan
11
Thu
Society Lecture – Stirling to Essen (Roger Leivers) @ Huntingdon Methodist Church
Jan 11 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

The Godmanchester Stirling Crash – New pictures and untold family stories.

In 2012 the Godmanchester Community Association received an email inquiring about an aircraft that had crashed very near to Godmanchester during the Second World War. The email was given to Roger and not realising at the time this led Roger on a 5 years research project that resulted in a successful book telling the story of the crew and the aircraft. But the book really tells you of the emotional and heart rending stories of the crew and their families, the trials and tribulation of flying this gigantic aircraft often dogged by technical issues, and follows the lives, and tragic deaths, of everyone associated with the fateful aircraft and crew.

In 2015 Roger was awarded a Goodliff Grant by the Society to help publish his book ‘Stirling to Essen The Godmanchester Stirling: a Bomber Command Story of Courage and Tragedy.

Roger Leivers is coming to update us on his project on the Godmanchester Stirling crash.  It will be rather different to what he has spoken about before, so don’t make the mistake of believing you’ve heard it somewhere else before. 

Copies of is book will be available to buy on the night.

Feb
8
Thu
Society Lecture – History of Houghton Grange (Bridget Flanagan) @ Huntingdon Methodist Church
Feb 8 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Cootes, Constables and Chickens – a History of Houghton Grange (Bridget Flanagan)

 

Bridget will explore the chequered history of this building and show there is much of interest before its sad decline from Edwardian magnificence to a government scientific centre and the present dereliction.

There is very little documented information about the Grange prior to its use as a poultry research business. We know the house was originally built for a Mr Harold Coote. It was a large house situated on the banks of the river Ouse and was approached from the main Huntingdon to Houghton road through a long avenue of lime trees. To the south, terraced gardens led down to the river through extensive lawn areas.

The house has lain empty for nearly 25 years and is slowly decaying into sad disrepair. 

 

Mar
8
Thu
Society Lecture – The Anglo-Saxons in Huntingdonshire (Dr Stephen Upex) @ Huntingdon Methodist Church
Mar 8 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

The Anglo-Saxons in Huntingdonshire

Dr Upex is probable best known for his expertise on the Romans in the Nene Valley, but his academic range is much wider. Here he ventures later and on to a broader canvas to examine the effects of those who supplanted the Romans. 

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Whilst the Romans changed the face of Europe and England for ever with towns and particularly our road structure that we are still using today, the Angles and the Saxons who occupied England after them had as much impact on how this country was structured. However, finding evidence in the ground of their existence, buildings, roads and towns is not always as easy as it could be as they built mainly in wood.  Recent building and new road constructions has revealed more information of our Anglo Saxon ancestors.    

Apr
12
Thu
Society Lecture – Treading the Boards in Georgian England (Neil Wright) @ Huntingdon Methodist Church
Apr 12 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Treading the Boards in Georgian England: Actors and Theatres in the East Midlands.

Mr Wright is author of a recent book on actors and the theatre in Lincolnshire, putting the spotlight on the important part that theatre made to Georgian provincial life. In his talk he will expand his scope to bring in Huntingdonshire.

Oct
10
Wed
Society Lecture – A Landscape through Time – the A14 Project @ Methodist Church, Huntingdon
Oct 10 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Wednesday 10 October A Landscape through Time – A look at the Archaeology of the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon Improvement Scheme.

Please note the following important dates including some changes: This and subsequent Lectures: These will be on Wednesdays at our usual venue, Huntingdon Methodist church.  From this month onward the usual day of meetings will be the second Wednesday, as the church is no longer available regularly to us on Thursday evenings. 

Emma Jeffery, Senior Archaeologist at MOLA Headland Archaeology will talk about the astonishing discoveries taking place as a result of the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme.  A walk through centuries of history from prehistoric settlements, pottery and ditches, Roman broaches and pottery production, medieval village lost and found. 

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The lecture this evening will be free to non-members

Nov
15
Thu
Society Presidents Lecture and Goodliff Awards @ Huntingdon Town Hall
Nov 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm

The King, the Actress and the Cardinal: the birth of London’s West End.

 

Dr Simon Thurley’s lecture this year is entitled The King, the Actress and the Cardinal; the birth of London’s West End. The King and the Cardinal one can make a fair guess at, but the Actress is a little more difficult. Come along if you want to know who they are. It is bound to be another revelation on the extraordinary history of our capital city.

 

 

 

The evening will start off with the Goodliff Award Ceremony when Dr Thurley will present awards to:

Jane Adams, St Peter and St Paul’s Parish Church Alconbury – the publication of an information booklet and childrens guide to the church.

Jane Watson, publication of a booklet on the history of Barham village.

The Cromwell Museum Trust (Stuart Orme) – design and production new external signage and display boards.

Beth Davis – publication of the WW2 memoirs of Bert Goodwin.

The Nene Valley Archaeological Trust (Dr Stephen Upex) – magnetometer survey of the walled area of the Roman town of Durobrivae.

All Saints Church Elton Reformation Committee (Joanne Borrett) – publication of information booklet/story board about the stained glass windows and Saxon crosses.

Peter Cooper – Development and publish on-line interactive maps of Holywell-cum-Needingworth.

Huntingdonshire History Festival (Mike Addis) – funding in support of the 2018 History Festival. 

The Norris Museum (Sarah Russell)– Production of learning session materials entitled, ‘Cromwell the Man, Friend or Foe?’.

Roger Reynolds – Publication of a book, ‘Ramsey at War’ covering the period 1939 to 1946.

 

Jan
9
Wed
Society Lecture – Stories from Needingworth Mapping @ Huntingdon Methodist Church
Jan 9 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Peter Cooper – Stories from Needingworth Mapping

Peter began developing an interactive mapping system two years ago that provides users with a multilayer view and a multi-time view of the mapped area. He began his work building up information for his ‘One Place Study’ of Holywell-cum-Needingworth overlaying land maps, 1800 enclosure maps, estate maps, OS maps, land valuation documents, Bartholomew and other historic maps and census information.

Peter is a recipient of a 2018 Goodliff Award and will talk about what he has discovered as part of his research and will demonstrate his interactive mapping system and how this will be able to support local history and family studies.  

Feb
13
Wed
Society Lecture – Windows into a Tribal World: Iron Age Coins @ Methodist Church, Huntingdon
Feb 13 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Windows into a Tribal World: Iron Age Coins – Dr Rodney Scarle

BelgaeRodney is a member of the Longstanton and District Heritage Iceni Gold Stater Norfolk Wolf 65-45BCSociety, whose interest in early coinage and what they can tell us about the people who used them was stimulated by his interest in local archaeology.

Over time he has built up quite an interesting and varied collection of coins and considerable expertise in them. In 2012/13 Rodney assisted with the examination and identification of over 30 Iron Age and Roman coins found during excavations at Wimpole Hall. Also, in 2015 he was actively involved with the digging of community test pits at Longstanton when they found lots of pottery and coins.